Internationally recognized South African singer, songwriter, Yvonne Chaka Chaka kept president of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), Bice Osei Kuffour aka Obour on the spot over artist royalties collection in Ghana.
At the just ended Africa Music Business Summit organised by the All Africa Music Awards organising (AFRIMA) 2018 team in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts in Accra over the week, Ms. Yvonne Chaka Chaka questioned if artist enjoy royalties accordingly.
Ms. Yvonne Chaka Chaka who invited President of Musiga, Obour who also doubles as a member of Ghamro’s board questioned Obour if artist make money from their works which Obour was not able to give a definite answer.
She asked: Have you been getting money?
Audience present at the summit answered “No”.
In reply, Obour said, monies are been collected to be distributed to artist but the problem is the small quantity of monies been generated.
Ms. Chaka Chaka advised African musicians to create a suiting atmosphere for themselves and desist from adopting certain foreign culture that destroyed their works and values.
She urged musicians to concentrate and discuss issues and problems that would unify them and promote the industry.
Speaking on piracy and its effects, the South African Artiste said, music was business and therefore, the rightful owners need to yield their profits, adding that piracy kills music and shouldn’t be allowed.
She called on Government to level the playing field for piracy to cease to promote the entertainment industry.
Mrs. Catherine Abelema Afeku, the Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Creative Arts welcomed the Artistes especially the non-Ghanaians for gracing the occasion.
She urged the Artistes and the continent at large to eat what they produce, wear what they design, and develop love for their culture.
Watch: Yvonne Chaka Chaka put Obour on the spot over artist royalty collection